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Dustin Johnson is Taking Leave of Absence from PGA Tour; Seeking "Professional Help"


ThinkStock(AKRON, Ohio) -- Dustin Johnson, who is fourth overall in the FedExCup standings, declared he is taking a leave of absence.

"I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately," Johnson said. "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced. By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion."

The 30-year-old Johnson's representatives also told the PGA of America he won't play in the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Johnson has won eight times on the PGA Tour.

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Yankees Trade with Red Sox for SS Stephen Drew


Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- For the first time since 1997, the New York Yankees made a trade with the rival Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees received shortstop Stephen Drew and $500,000 from the Sox in exchange for utility man Kelly Johnson.

"It is a unique set of circumstances," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "One of our two teams has to be in the playoff mode, in my opinion, and the other has to be rebuilding to some degree."

The Yankees will primarily use Drew at second base, but will also play him at third base and shortstop to give Chase Headley and Derek Jeter occasional days off.

The 31-year-old Drew has played 39 games in 2014, compiling a .176 batting average, four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .255 on-base percentage.

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RB Marshawn Lynch Ends Holdout


Jay Drowns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back Marshawn Lynch ended his eight day holdout and arrived at Seattle Seahawks training camp Thursday.

The 28-year-old Lynch was holding out for a new deal he did not receive, although ESPN reports the Seahawks are expected to add some financial concessions to his contract. Lynch is set to receive up to $5.5 million this season, the third year of his four-year $30 million deal with the team.

Lynch has accrued close to $500,000 in team fines for holding out, but the Seahawks have not made it official whether they will collect the fines or waive them.

Lynch carried the ball more than 300 times for the second straight season in 2013, rushing for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for two touchdowns.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 7/31/14


Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- MLB:  Chicago White Sox 7 (53-56) - Detroit Tigers 4 (58-47)

Chicago Cubs 3 (45-62) - Colorado Rockies 1 (44-64)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (57-50) - San Diego Padres 2 (48-60)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (54-54) - Miami Marlins 1 (53-55)

Philadelphia Phillies 10 (48-61) - Washington Nationals 4 (58-48)

Seattle Mariners 6 (56-52) - Cleveland Indians 5 (53-55)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (60-50) - Houston Astros 5 (44-65)

Kansas City Royals 6 (55-52) - Minnesota Twins 3 (48-59)

Los Angeles Angels 1 (64-43) - Baltimore Orioles 0 (60-47) 13 Innings

Arizona Diamondbacks 7 (48-61) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (57-51)

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (62-47) - Atlanta Braves 1 (58-51)

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Tigers Land David Price in Three-Team Trade


Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Tigers waited until the end of Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for non-waiver trades to make the biggest splash of the afternoon.

The Tigers acquired former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price in a three-way trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners.

Detroit sent outfielder Austin Jackson to the Mariners while the Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly from the Tigers and infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle.

The Rays also received infield prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers.

Price joins a Detroit rotation that already features former AL Cy Young winners Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.  He is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season.

"David Price comes over and fills out an extremely strong rotation," Verlander said.

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Red Sox Ship John Lackey to the Cardinals


Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Boston Red Sox stayed active in the trade market Thursday, shipping starting pitcher John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig.

It was the second deal completed prior to Thursday's non-waiver deadline by the Red Sox, who also traded All-Star pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

The 35-year-old Lackey will join a Cardinals rotation that has been without starters Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.  The team also acquired starter Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in a separate deal on Wednesday.

Lackey went 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for the Red Sox this season.  He will make just $500,000 in 2015 due to a unique clause in his contract that tacked on an extra season if he underwent Tommy John surgery at any point. Lackey had the procedure in 2011 and missed all of 2012.

Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 2014 with St. Louis, while Craig has struggled at the plate for much of the season.  The once promising young star is hitting just .237 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs.

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Ray Rice Breaks His Silence


Rob Carr/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice addressed the media Thursday for the first time since his two-game suspension was announced by the NFL.

Rice spoke about the suspension and publicly apologized to his wife, Janay, for the first time since his alleged altercation with his then-fiancee in February.

"I made the biggest mistake of my life," Rice said.

Rice, 27, would not get into what happened in the Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator, but he also apologized to all women affected by domestic violence and expressed his intentions to become an "ambassador" against it.

"That night I replay over and over in my head. That's not me. My actions were inexcusable. That's something I have to live with the rest of my life," he explained. "The pain I'm talking about living with is waking up every day, and my daughter is two years old now, and I have a little girl, who's very smart, very intelligent, and one day she's going to know the power of Google, and me having to explain that to her, what happened that night."

Rice was joined at the press conference by nearly 30 of his Baltimore Ravens teammates. 

He will miss the team's Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and their Sept. 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

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Athletics Acquire SP Jon Lester from Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes


Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Oakland Athletics have acquired starting pitcher Jon Lester, outfielder Jonny Gomes, and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 competitive balance pick.

The Red Sox were dangling Lester for several days leading up to Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. 

Several teams were believed to be interested in the two-time World Series champion, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Baltimore Orioles. In the end, it was the Athletics who swooped in and gave the Red Sox an offer they couldn't refuse.

The 30-year-old Lester will be a free agent after the season. 

He will join a strong rotation in Oakland that already includes All-Stars Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir, along with youngster Sonny Gray.

Cespedes, 28, is a two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion who has 17 homers and 56 RBIs this season.  He will provide the Red Sox with a big bat in the middle of their lineup.

Gomes is hitting .234 with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs in 2014.

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Bills Reward Running Back Fred Jackson with Contract Extension


NFL via Getty Images(PITTSFORD, N.Y.) -- The NFL's oldest running back isn't letting age slow him down as Fred Jackson has agreed on a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills.

Jackson's received a one-year extension by the club, and he could now be in a position to start and finish his career in Buffalo.

"Usually when guys get to be my age they're just about ready to kind of shut it down and not come out here and get beat up like we do at training camp, but I wake up every day and I love it," Jackson said on Wednesday."

In seven seasons with the Bills, Jackson has rushed for 5,121 yards, which is good for third all-time in franchise history. He's also just the second running back in Bills history to put up 4,000 career rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards.

In 2013, Jackson ran for 890 yards on 4.3 yards per carry while also scoring a career-high 10 touchdowns.

With Jackson in the fold for the foreseeable future, the Bills' running back situation could be one to monitor as training camp goes on. Along with Jackson, the team has C.J. Spiller, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon.

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Packers Reward GM Ted Thompson with Contract Extension


David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) -- One of the best general managers in the NFL is sticking around a little longer as the Green Bay Packers are rewarding Ted Thompson with a contract extension.

Thompson's new deal is being called "a multi-year contract extension" and he will remain in charge of the football operations. His original deal was set to expire after the 2016 season.

"The more you think about it, the more you think how nuts are you that you'd walk away from something like this," Thompson said. "It's important to me. It's not my family, but I've got a lot of really good friends here and co-workers that I enjoy coming to work with every day."

Thompson is entering his 10th season as the Packers general manager, and the team has gone 86-57-1 in the regular season and 6-5 in the postseason. They also won the Super Bowl XLV.

Thompson's first draft pick came in 2004 when he selected quarterback Aaron Rodgers 24th overall.

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